I picked up a Wimberley gimbal head WH-200 vII and needed sturdy tripod legs to support my 1DX MKII and Canon 200-400 f/4 with the built in 1.4 extender.
The support will be needed for general shooting and occasional airshows but more importantly to give me a solid platform while shooting long exposures at night
When I started shopping for tripod legs I was surprised to see that a set of Gitzo or RRS legs was going to set me back around $1,000 USD so I decided to give the Benro TMA48CXL Mach 3 a try which was about half the cost. http://www.benrousa.com/products/benro-tma48cxl.aspx
I did some experimenting with this combo at night and the results are mixed.
First, locking up the mirror made a world of difference. Also worth noting is that I shot without raising the center column and IS was turned off.
If I tap lightly on the camera or lens while looking through the viewfinder there is noticeable shake that doesn’t go away immediately.
When applying moderate pressure to the camera and lens I can see some twisting of the tripod legs but the Wimberley appears to be solid.
I managed to get some decent sharpness shooting up to 20 seconds but when the wind starting blowing a little I noticed that my keeper rate went way down.
I’m seeking advice from those wiser than me helping me decide on whether to bite the bullet on the more expensive legs or whether I’m generally just asking too much from this type of equipment. Thanks in advance.
The attached image was shot at 8 seconds.